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HOP librarian
Location: Prague
Member Since: 15th Jan 2002
Total posts: 1841
Posted:I've found quite difficult when I started to thought about all the

rights. Pictures, texts, or just a names, all needs permision

from owner to be used in and the difficulty isnt contacting all

the authors,

What thing needs author rights?

It commond question, cause many people are writing their own

things, websites, links, downloading texts and pictures.

How do you run your own matherials?

Another point of view is "open source", when you dont want to

comercialize your staff. Even than I thought you need rights. I

thought that makes it open source will makes it easier. But

eventhou I feel rights are needed so,

Does "open source" need authors rights?




Scientist of Fortune
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 15th Apr 2005
Total posts: 1189
Posted:I'm having trouble understanding your post...mabey rewrite it.

Isn't the absence of authors rights the entire point of open source?

According to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Dynamics, we may already be making love right now...


Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk
Member Since: 28th Sep 2004
Total posts: 1858
Posted:Copyright is a massive issue. If you are publishing something that is important, or you dont want it abused in any way, then I would consult a lawyer.

Anything that is your intellectual property, IE, something that has come out of your head is protected under copyright in many countries. Your rights will differ depending on the country you published it in.

If you want to open the rights on your work more, then you can look in to the creative commons license. Its a publishing license that gives you a bit more control over how you want your work to be distributed. For example, you can say that your work is free to use in whatever way wanted as long as you are given a credit for it:

You could use the GPL so that your work would be free for anyone to use in anyway as long as any work coming from it goes under the same license.

See the wikipedia entry for GPL:


Also, some more info about what you're talking about would be good as well!

There's too many home fires burning and not enough trees


Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:Controversial topic...

As being the one who invented the "interrupted weave" and 125 degree jump while spinning wink I just gave it to the public for the benefit of all and didn't patent it on HoP by videotaping and naming it the FireTom-Swirl.... rolleyes wink rolleyes

Maybe consider this one

100 munkys

As to follow on J.W.Goethe (fellow German poet, scientist and philosopher) we cannot really claim any idea to be uniquely ours as it has undergone so many influences...

Intellectual Property rights IMO is another way to make the buck - just like any property rights issue... Hence it's OK in this world to follow the system and beat it with it's own methods...

...unless we are all realizing that it's cows poo, that we're living on the same rock and that "everyone goes to the same destination on a different road" (NYC-Cabdriver)

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink